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French Château Trip

Forty students from Year 8 and Year 9 spend a weekend exploring French culture and history in Normandy.

Forty Year 8 and Year 9 students spent the first weekend of the Easter break at the Kingswood Educational Activity centre in Normandy. chateaux

Taking residence in a beautiful 17th Century Château in the picturesque town of Criel-sur-mer, students were involved in various activities during their stay, including team-building exercises, fencing, archery and producing a DVD with a French commentary to describe their experience of France.

Over the four days, students visited an aquarium, a farm producing handmade cheese and the historical capital city of Normany, Rouen.

cathedralKnown for its surviving half-timbered buildings, Rouen is home to the Notre Dame cathedral that is subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet, the Gros Horloge- a beautiful astronomical clock, and the location of Joan of Arc’s execution.

Other highlights of the tour in Rouen was the ossiary of St Maclou, a tranquil courtyard that served as a cemetery for plague victims from the outbreak of the Black Death, and a high street clown who seemed intent to disrupt any order to the organised tour, much to the amusement of the students.

fencingOn the last night of the trip, everyone was offered the chance to taste frog legs and snails, before fixing their hair and applying their make-up for a school disco: an historical event in itself, which saw smooth dance moves from all the teachers on the trip, particularly Mr. Leggatt.

All in all, a very successful trip!






If any students on the trip would like copies of the photos taken by staff, please see Mr. Reese with a blank DVD.